Trace Element & Low Level Analysis

Accurate, Reliable, Reproducible Results

Are you concerned that your product quality may be compromised by contamination? Testing for contamination or high purity requires a materials testing lab that can produce accurate, reliable, and reproducible test results.

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What Makes NSL Analytical Different

Not only can you count on the accuracy and quality of your results, but you’ll get them fast. Our team of expert scientists, metallurgists and technicians produce lightning fast turnaround times with repeatable results on every test – so you can be assured you’re getting the information you need, when you need it. 

Trace Elemental Analysis

NSL Analytical provides trace level analysis at detection ranges from 10 ppb to 1 ppm. Typical trace analysis competencies include:

  • Identification of unknowns
  • Analysis for impurities
  • Contamination detection
  • Trace metals analysis
  • Elemental analysis

Our highly skilled and experienced scientists have performed trace analysis on diverse materials and industries including:


  • Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP-MS)
  • Cold Vapor Atomic Absorption (CVAA)

Working with our customer’s scientists, quality assurance, and lab managers, NSL personnel help to develop the appropriate methods, sample preparation techniques, and select instrumentation that will provide the best documentation and most accurate test results.

Low Level Elemental Analysis

Are the materials you’re selecting the right ones for your products?

NSL sets the standard for material testing for low level analysis at levels from 1 ppm to 100 ppm. Customers in industries such as Aerospace, Chemical, Automotive, and Primary metals have come to trust NSL for elemental chemical analysis of materials to help solve materials characterization problems such as:

  • Material verification
  • Conformance to standards
  • Failure analysis
  • Heavy metals analysis
  • Identification of unknown elements

Our wide range of analytical instrumentation provides customers with the flexibility needed to meet critical turnaround times while providing the reliability and accuracy of results important to assuring product quality. Our low-level analysis instrumentation includes:

  • ICP /OES
  • ICP/MS
  • DC ARC
  • Ion Chromatography

Our scientists are experienced in testing a variety of sample materials as well as sample preparation methods including microwave digestion and classical hot plate digestion. Our analytical testing experience includes testing materials such as:

  • Ceramics
  • Plastics
  • Nickel based alloys
  • Titanium based alloys
  • Cobalt based alloys
  • Steel Alloys